DFG Makes Fishing Licenses Easy to Purchase for Anglers at Bishop Trout Opener

Media Contacts:
Andrew Hughan, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8944
Richard Reyes, DFG License Branch, (916) 928-6899

DFG Makes Fishing Licenses Easy to Purchase for Anglers at Bishop Trout Opener

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is taking steps to ensure that the 2011 trout fishing opener runs smoothly for anglers in the eastern Sierras. DFG is sending personnel and equipment to Bishop beginning Thursday, April 27, to assist local officials and businesses in making sure that anglers are properly licensed prior to the always popular opening day, which falls this year on April 30.

DFG personnel from the Southern California Regional office and the Licensing and Communications branches in Sacramento will be onsite with mobile licensing terminals featuring the newly launched Automated License Data System (ALDS).

ALDS is an online license service that provides new features and capabilities to make licenses more accessible, enhances DFG’s law enforcement and resource management capabilities and ultimately improves customer service.

“We are encouraging everyone who plans to fish the opener to go the DFG website and get their 2011 California fishing license before they head into the Sierras,” said DFG Director John McCamman. “For those who can’t make the purchase online, we will be in Bishop for opening weekend. But to avoid lines and get out ahead of the crowd, early purchase is your best bet.”

There are four ways to purchase a 2011 California Fishing License for the Trout Opener.

  • Go online to http://dfg.ca.gov/licensing
  • Go to one of the authorized license agents around the state
  • Visit a DFG License Sales Office
  • Visit the Bishop Chamber of Commerce

DFG personnel will be selling 2011 fishing licenses at the Bishop Chamber of Commerce office located at 690 North Main Street in Bishop on Thursday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, April 29 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 from 6 a.m. to noon.  The Chamber can be reached at (760) 873-8405.

“We are thrilled that Fish and Game is bringing people and resources to Bishop,” said Tawni Thompson, Executive Director of the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce. “It will be great to have DFG license experts here to answer questions about fishing and licensing from locals and visitors.”

Licenses are also available for purchase now at the following locations in Inyo and Mono counties:

  • Bishop Creek Lodge, 2100 South Lake Road, Bishop
  • Cardinal Village Resort, 321 Cardinal Road, Bishop
  • Carroll’s Market, 136 South Main St., Big Pine
  • Gardner’s Home & Sport Center, 104 South Main St., Lone Pine
  • Hi Country Market, 101 North Main St., Big Pine
  • High Sierra Outfitters, 130 South Main St., Lone Pine
  • Independence Shell & Mini Market, 350 South Edward St., Independence
  • Kmart, 1200 North Main St., Bishop
  • Lone Pine Sporting Goods, 220 South Main St., Lone Pine
  • Manor Market, 3100 West Line St., Bishop
  • Parcher’s Resort, 5001 South Lake Road, Bishop
  • Valley Market, 130 South Edwards St., Independence
  • Value Sport, 1331 Rocking W Drive, Bishop
  • Annett’s Mono Village, 13425 Twin Lakes Road, Bridgeport
  • Bell’s Sporting Goods, 51328 East Side Highway 395, Lee Vining
  • Convict Lake Resort Inc., 2000 Convict Lake Road, Mammoth Lakes
  • Crowley Lake Fish Camp, 1149 South Landing Road, Mammoth Lakes
  • Ernie’s Tackle & Ski Shop, 2604 Highway 158, June Lake
  • Gull Lake Marina, 47 West Granite St., June Lake
  • June Lake Marina, end of Brenner Street, June Lake
  • Ken’s Sporting Goods, 258 Main St., Bridgeport
  • Kittredge Sports, 3218 Main St., Mammoth Lakes
  • Mammoth Sporting Goods, 1 Sierra Center Mall, Mammoth Lakes
  • Adventure Center, 2 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes
  • McCoy Sports, 80 Canyon Blvd., Mammoth Lakes
  • Rick’s Sport Center, 3241 Main St., Mammoth Lakes
  • Silver Lake Resort, 6957 Highway 158, June Lake
  • Troutfitter/Trout Fly, Highway 203 Old Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes
  • Walker Country Store, 107700 Highway 395, Coleville
  • Walker General Inc., 106651 Highway 395, Coleville

Three traditional locations in the Bishop area — Culver’s Sporting Goods, Mac’s Sporting Goods and Brock’s Flyfishing Specialists — will not be selling licenses in 2011. There will also not be a license retailer at the shore of Lake Crowley.

A resident sport fishing license is required for California residents 16 years of age or older to take fish, mollusks, crustaceans, invertebrates, amphibians or reptiles in inland or ocean waters. Additional validations and report cards are required for certain species and areas.

Licenses are valid from the date of purchase until Dec. 31, 2011.

For specific license fees and descriptions see http://dfg.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/fishdescrip.html.